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Ignite Silicon Valley 3, part of the Global Ignite Week

Ignite Silicon Valley 3, Global Ignite Week Edition, is scheduled for 2/11 at 7:30PM at the Hacker Dojo.


Directions to the Hacker Dojo.

emrah yalaz

Indestro Mind for Hyper-Productive Thinking, Writing and Presenting

How to write&present 10x more persuasively in half the time and effort, so your audience does exactly what you want? Blending logical principles of top management consulting techniques, emotional copy writing principles and limits/mechanics of human mind, how do you double or triple knowledge worker productivity? A review of the training as a seminar for professional software engineers and leading graduate schools, including domain- and language-neutral tools. They are good for any business writing that seeks a specific audience action.

Michael Woods @carpdiem

Better understanding

I'm a physicist by training from Caltech, and I'd like to talk about the sorts of questions and ways of thinking that can help people better understand new ideas, their potential consequences, and whether or not to trust them.

I'll explain all of this by going through a couple of real-world situations, starting with a simple scientific question (Can something be twice as hot as something else?), and going through one or two more real world policy-esque situations.

Zonker Harris / ncryrrmb

Is a Time Machine, or merely a Placeholder?

The Niles Canyon in the SF Bay Area is the "Last Leg of the Transcontinental Railroad". It was abandoned by the Southern Pacific in 1985. It would have been lost to history, if not for the efforts of the Pacific Locomotive Association to turn the canyon into a Western Railroading Heritage Museum.

This talk will highlight the preservation efforts of the PLA with a focus on the restoration of service in the Niles Canyon, with the aim of inspiring you to come see the line for yourself, while it is still possible.

Sudha Jamthe @sujamthe

Thank You, a magic word!

Please and Thank You are magic words, we've learned this ok kindergarten. Or have we? I want to focus on "thank you". I think it is a magical word that opens doors, brings you harmony, brings customers to business, and builds community.

This is not a talk about good manners, it is personal experience and scientific data about the power of thank you!

Steve Yang, P.E. @solarMD

Web Wizard detects and diagnoses faults in solar power sites

Leveraging on standard sensors and instrumentation with web interface and power of mathematics and knowledge engineering, Wattminder endeavors to engage visitors with interactive diagnostic sessions that will result in proper diagnoses with remedial instructions. This system is also aided by an existing data-warehouse of performance data archive and real-time access of affiliated photovoltaic monitoring websites, weather and solar insolation maps, as well as related sensor information via "Internet-of-Things."

Simon Willison @simonw

When Zeppelins Ruled the Earth

Today, just one Zeppelin can be seen floating in the sky over the valley - the Airship Ventures Zeppelin NT, a mere 75m long and with room on board for just 12 people. But 80 years ago, the skies above America played host to no fewer than four majestic naval airships, the largest 200m long and carrying up to 45 crew members. Experience the birth of the mighty Zeppelin, its role in early arctic exploration, its first epic voyage around the world and its rise and subsequent fall as the darling of the US navy! Discover ambitious British plans for an Imperial Airship Scheme to dominate the colonies! Stories, photographs and tales of daring Zeppelin/biplane exploits! All this and more, in the most Zeppelin-filled five minutes you're ever likely to experience.

Lisa Donchak @lisadonchak

Hack your Brain - Staying Open-minded

We humans, especially us smart ones in Silicon Valley, like to think we're objective. Unfortunately, we're pretty bad at making objective decisions.

This quick talk, focusing on game theory and behavioral economics, will include a couple of examples of the systematic errors inherent in human decisions. You won't walk away from this talk and never make a bad decision again, but, hopefully, you'll be able to recognize some biases that will help you avoid making some bad decisions in the future.

Jerry Wang

84 Flights to 42 Airports in 30 days

In 2009 I embarked on the JetBlue All You Can Jet journey. In less than 3 weeks I managed to schedule, plan, and take off 84 times to 42 airports in 30 days. Along the way I met interesting people, saw interesting things, shared in on a few stories. This is how it happened.

Jeff Lindsay @progrium

Building an Event-driven Web

When Web 2.0 was defined we were promised the Web as a Platform. With the following rise of web APIs, we got an ecosystem of composable services: a service-oriented web. This new level of interdependency on the web brought us one step closer to learning how to succeed by helping others succeed. But we're not there yet. We still have silos of data and functionality, reinvention and duplication of effort, and absolutely no way to integrate or extend our web applications.

I blame the paradigm. A service-oriented web means you can only compose, or aggregate, services. The poster child of service aggregation, the mashup, shows us that you can't actually integrate services, you can only aggregate their features into a new offering. The two services mashed up never talk.

But there is a movement to change this. Not with new technology, but with a different perspective. It's based on the model of event-driven programming and it's called The Evented Web.

Florina Xhabija Grosskurth @flojee

Grow better

How do you navigate group dynamics when your team is growing? How do you do it as a group of 2 or 6? How do you make everyone feel equally important to the project? What's the point of a campaign manager? How the hell do you get someone excited after the first wave of success has happened? Does personality matter?

Ready to get your group dynamics on?

Craig Montuori @historyinaction

Windmills to Wikipedia - A Brief History of the Modern World

Yes, summarizing modern history in 5 minutes would be cool.